About this Piece
From the Abana Irish Heritage Collection comes this stunning Irish Harp brooch. The piece comes in a beautiful presentation box embossed with the Abana Logo.
History of the Celtic Harp
The cláirseach, or harp, is the national emblem of Ireland, appearing on flags, passports, and currency. It was an instrument of the elite in Ireland and Scotland, requiring years of practice to master, with strings made of metal that had to be constantly dampened due to their long resonance. Though it may have existed as far back as the 11th Century, its position as a symbol of Ireland and Celtic culture earned it the enmity of the English authorities in the late medieval period, who eventually banned it entirely - only a handful of harps from before this period have survived to this day. However in recent years the harp has had a cultural revival (with new musicians typically favoring small models), both as an instrument as as a symbol of Irish identity.
About the Maker
For over 40 years, Denis Murphy has honed his skills to become a master jewelry craftsman, running the gamut from personal handcrafting techniques to advanced laser technology which now allows more intricate detail never before possible.
He began his apprenticeship in 1972 and later set up 'Murphy Brothers Jewellers' in Santry, Co. Dublin. Eventually this paved the way to establishing Abana Jewellers in 2005 where he decided to focus primarily on wedding and engagement rings, creating artful personalized that none can compare with.